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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, March 15th, 2020

 

Constitutional Carry Legislation Moves Through First House Committee

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – This week in Nashville, historic Republican legislation that allows Tennessee to become the 17th state to enact constitutional carry cleared its first committee in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Members of the House Constitutional Protections & Sentencing Subcommittee approved House Bill 2817 by a 5-2 vote tally Tuesday evening. The measure sends a strong “tough on gun crime” message to violent criminals, felons, and gang members through a series of sentencing enhancements that support our law enforcement and judicial communities as they work to protect our cities and towns.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Senator Lamar Alexander Statement on Donald Trump Administration Coronavirus Testing Actions

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Donald Trump Administration announced actions to help address diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

“The Trump Administration’s actions yesterday are the type of leadership needed from the federal government in order for our country to better combat COVID-19. Laboratory developed tests are a crucial part of our health care infrastructure, and emergency use authorizations are the right thing to do in order to better adapt to the threat as we learn more about it. I’m encouraged by these steps taken by HHS and hopeful that more labs follow this example in the coming weeks.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – February 23rd, 2020

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – More than 118 rural hospitals have shut their doors in the past ten years, leaving huge gaps in care for communities in need. In Tennessee alone, we’ve lost eleven rural hospitals and I’m concerned more closures may be on the horizon. 

At the National Rural Health Association’s annual conference, I discussed my bipartisan Rural Health Agenda, which will expand rural health clinics and rural health departments, attract doctors and other health care professionals to rural areas, and jumpstart the use of telemedicine.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn speaks at the National Rural Health Association’s annual conference.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn speaks at the National Rural Health Association’s annual conference.

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Lamar Alexander says Beyond the Headlines, Congress is Reaching Results for Tennesseans

 

U.S. SenateMaryville TN – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said members of Congress have worked together to get results for Americans and for Tennesseans.

“I often suggest Tennesseans look at Washington, D.C., as if it were a split-screen television. On one side, you hear about impeachment and tweets, but, on the other side, you have members of Congress working together to get results for Americans. And in 2019, we’ve done just that.”

“Congress passed legislation in December that provides permanent funding – that is fully paid for – for HBCUs and other minority serving institutions attended by over 2 million minority students,” Senator Alexander said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander announces Bipartisan House, Senate Committee Leaders Announce Agreement on Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs

 

U.S. SenateMemphis, TN – Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) along with Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) yesterday announced they have reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on legislation to lower what Americans pay out of pocket for their health care.

“I do not think it is possible to write a bill that has broader agreement than this among Senate and House Democrats and Republicans on Americans’ number one financial concern: what they pay out of their own pockets for health care,” Senator Alexander said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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American Heart Association says New Market Research showcases need for re-training Health Care Workforce on Blood Pressure Measurement

 

American Heart AssociationChicago, IL – With nearly half of U.S. adults living with high blood pressure, today, the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Heart Association (AHA) announced new survey results emphasizing the need for health care professionals to receive consistent and frequent re-training in measuring blood pressure (BP).

About half of health care providers surveyed said they haven’t had re-training in blood pressure measurement after leaving professional school. (American Heart Association)

About half of health care providers surveyed said they haven’t had re-training in blood pressure measurement after leaving professional school. (American Heart Association)

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Honoring Our Veterans

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – We are forever indebted to our veterans for their sacrifice on behalf of this country.

Their heroism has made the United States a global beacon of hope, and I dedicate my work with the Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees to supporting and caring for our best and bravest when they finally return home.

Improving Health Care For Rural Tennesseans: Tennesseans are rightly worried that as rural hospitals close, they will be left without access to health care.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn Addresses Impeachment Inquiry

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

Remarks as Prepared: Thank you, Mister President.

Last night, I had the opportunity to invite 100,000 of my fellow Tennesseans to join a tele-town hall.

The discussion centered on a wide range of topics: nuclear power, gun rights, health care for our veterans, and even an invasive fish species known as the Asian Carp, that is affecting our beautiful rivers.

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Garrett backs cap on Insulin costs

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, Tn –– City Councilman Richard Garrett,  whose 10-year-old son, Trevon, was diagnosed with diabetes and requires daily insulin injections, is inviting citizens to sign an online petition supporting measures to keep insulin affordable for patients and families.

“We are fortunate to have good health insurance to cover the expensive cost of insulin and other diabetic-related supplies, but that’s not the case for many Tennesseans,” Garrett said.

Trevon Garrett

Trevon Garrett

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Marsha Blackburn: This Week From Washington – July 8th, 2018

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. CongressWashington, D.C. – This week, Americans from all walks of life gathered across the nation to celebrate our country and its Independence. Just 242 years ago, patriots throughout America’s thirteen original colonies convened at the Second Continental Congress and declared our country’s independence from Great Britain.

This unprecedented acknowledgment of our God-given rights through the Declaration of Independence laid the foundation for the great nation we inhabit today; one that guarantees one’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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